3. Mobile Phone and Device Storage Trucks

These mobile device storage trucks are part of a booming business that only exists in New York City–because cell phones and other devices–are banned from all public schools. The rule has been in place since the 1980s, but a few years ago the city started enforcing it past the “out of sight, out of trouble,” policy in place. The rule isn’t totally enforced still, but definitely in action in the approximately 90 schools that have metal detectors. The first company to hit the streets was Pure Loyalty Electronic Device Storage. It was started by Vernon Alcoser, a corrections officer from the Bronx. It costs $1 a day for one item, $1.50 for two. The total electronic storage device industry was reportedly taking $4.2 million dollars per year from the city’s youth as of 2012.

[Update: On March 2nd, 2015 as the city changed its no cell phone rule, students were able to bring in cell phones to school again]